Actes and Monumentes Of the Churche.
I would haue the ryght vse preached, and the presence to be an indifferent thing, till the matter might be reasoned in peace at leisure of both parties. If ye be required, shewe the phrases of the scripture, and let them talke what they wil. For as to beleue that God is euery wheare, hurteth no mā that wourshipp him no where, but within in the heart, in the spirit and veritie: euen so to beleue that the body of Christ is euery where (though it can not be proued) hurteth no man that wourshippeth hym no where saue in the faith of his gospel
In his marginal note to this passage, Foxe is trying to emphasize that Tyndale's reluctance to discuss the Eucharist was only temporary.
. Ye perceiue my mind: howe be it if God shew you otherwyse, it is fre for you to do as he moueth you. I gessed longe a goo that God would sende a dasing into the head of the spiritualtie, to ketche them selues in their own subtiltie, & I trust it is come to passe. And now me thinketh I smell a counsell to be taken, litle for their profites in time to come. But ye must vnderstand that it is not of a pure hart, & for loue of the truth, but to aduenge thē selues and to eate the whores flesh, and to suck the mary of her bones. Wherfore cleue fast to the rocke of the helpe of God, & commit the ende of all thinges to hym: and if God shall call you, that ye may thē vse the wisdom of the worldly, as farre as ye perceiue the glorye of God may come therof, and euer among, thrust in, that the scripture may be in the mother tongue, and learnīg to be set vp in þe
vniuersities. But & if ought be required contrary to the glory of God & his Christ, then stande faste, and cōmit your selfe to God, & be not ouercome of mens perswasions, whiche happely shall saye, we see no other way to bryng in the truthe. Brother Iacob beloued in my hart, there liueth not in whom I haue so good hope and trust, and in whom myne heart reioyseth, and my soule comforteth her selfe, as in you: not the thousand part so muche of your learning, & what other giftes ye haue, as that ye will crepe alowe by the grounde, & walke in those thynges that the conscience may feele, and not in the imaginacions of the brayne: in feare and not in boldnes: in open necessary thinges, and not to pronounce or define of hid secretes, or things that neither helpe or hinder whether it be so or no: in vnitie and not in seditious opinions, in so muche that if ye bee sure you knowe, yet in thinges that may abide leisure, you will deferre or say, til other agre with you, me thinke the text requireth this sence or vnderstanding: yea & that if ye be suer that your part be good, & another holde the contrary, yet if it be a thinge that maketh no matter, you wyll laugh & let it passe & referre the thing to other men, and sticke you stifly and stoburnly in earnest and necessary thinges. And I trust ye bee persuaded euen so of me. For I call God to recorde against the daye we shall appeare before our Lord Iesus, to geue a reckening of our doinges, that I neuer altered one syllabil of gods worde against my conscience, nor woulde this daye if al that is in the earth, whether it be pleasure, honour or riches, might be geuen me. Moreouer I take God to recorde to my cōscience, that I desyre of God to my selfe in this world, no more then that without whiche I can not kepe his lawes. Finally, if there were in me any gift that could helpe at hand, and ayde you if nede required: I promisse you I would not be farre of, and commit the end to God: my soule is not faint, though my body be wery. But godhath made me euill fauoured in this worlde, & without grace in the sight of men, spechelesse, & rude, dull and slowe wytted: your parte shalbe to supplie that lacketh in me: remembring, that as lowlines of harte shall make you hie with God, euen so mekenes of wordes shall make you synke in to the hartes of men. Nature geueth age autoritie, but mekenes is the glory of youth, and geueth them honour. Aboundaunce of loue maketh me excede in babling. Syr as cōcerning purgatory, and many other thinges, if ye be demaunded, ye may saye, if ye erre, the spiritualtie hath so ledde you, and that they haue taught you to beleue as ye doo. For they preached you all suche thynges out of Gods word, and alleaged a thousande textes, by reason of which textes ye beleue as thei taught you. But nowe ye fynde them lyers, and that the textes meane no suche thinges, and therfore ye can beleue no longer, but are as ye were before they taught you, and beleue no suche thyng. Howe be it ready to beleue, if thei haue any other way to proue it. For without profe ye cā not beleue them, when ye haue founde them with so many lyes &c.[Back to Top]
If ye perceyue wherin we maye helpe, other in beyng still, or doing somewhat, let vs haue worde and I wyll do myne vttermooste.
My Lorde of London hath a seruaunt called Iohn Tisen with a reade berde, and a black readdishe head, and was once my scholler, he was sene in Andwarpe, but came not among the Englishmen, whether he is gone an Ambassadour secrete, I wote not.
The mightie God of Iacob be with you to supplant his enemies, and geue you the fauour of Ioseph, and the wysdome and spirite of Stephen, be with your harte and with youre mouth, and teache your lippes what they shall saye, and howe to aunswere to all thynges. He is our God if we despayre in our selues, and trust in hym: and his is the glory. Amen.[Back to Top]
¶ I hope our redemption is nye.
This yeare also there was Iniunctions geuē out by the Clergie sent by particuler commissioners into euery seuerall byshoprike and Deanery for the reformatiō of diuerse abuses in the Clergie and religion, the tenore whereof here ensueth.
¶ Iniunctions geuen by the autoritie of the kynges highnes to the Clergie of this his Realme.
IN the name of God Amen. In the yeare of our Lord God 1536 and of the moste noble reigne of our soueraigne Lord Henry the eight kyng of Englande, and of Fraunce, defendour of the faith, Lorde of Irelande, and in earth supreme head of the churche of Englande, the xxviii. yeare, & the [illegible text] daye of [illegible text] I Thomas Cromwell knyght, Lorde Cromwell, keper of the priuie seale of our sayde soueraigne Lorde the kyng, and vicegerent to the same, for & concerning all his iurisdiction ecclesiasticall within thys[Back to Top]